Bows + Arrows

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Bows + Arrows
Studio album by The Walkmen
Released February 2, 2004
Recorded April–October 2003
Genre Post-punk revival, indie rock
Length 42:45
Label Record Collection
Producer Dave Sardy
The Walkmen chronology
Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
(2002)
Bows + Arrows
(2004)
A Hundred Miles Off
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The A.V. Club (highly favorable) 2/3/2004
Pitchfork Media (9.2/10) 2/5/2004
PopMatters (highly favorable) 2/12/2004
Robert Christgau (dud) link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars 2/19/2004[dead link]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars 5/2/2005

Bows + Arrows is the second album by The Walkmen, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music). The album received a great deal of critical acclaim, appearing on several critics' year-end lists.

"Little House of Savages" and "What's in It for Me" were both included on hit FOX teen drama The O.C. "The Rat" was named Pitchfork Media's #6 single of the year. "The Rat" was selected for the playlist on the video game Major League Baseball 2K7.

"The Rat" was listed at #20 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s and at #13 on NME's top 100 songs of the 2000s.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Walkmen.

  1. "What's in It for Me" – 2:53
  2. "The Rat" – 4:27
  3. "No Christmas While I'm Talking" – 4:30
  4. "Little House of Savages" – 3:15
  5. "My Old Man" – 4:46
  6. "138th Street" – 3:02
  7. "The North Pole" – 3:48
  8. "Hang On, Siobhan" – 3:45
  9. "New Year's Eve" – 2:20
  10. "Thinking of a Dream I Had" – 4:33
  11. "Bows + Arrows" – 5:16

Singles[edit]

  • "The Rat" (April 19, 2004)
    • US 7" vinyl: "The Rat" / "Clementine"
  • "Little House of Savages" (June 28, 2004)
    • UK CD1: "Little House of Savages" / "Fly into Mystery"
    • UK CD2: "Little House of Savages" / "Wake Up" / "Revenge Wears No Wristwatch" / "Little House of Savages" (enhanced video)